In This Issue: New Local History Book Stargazing at Southwestern Red Poppy Festival Day Trip to Enchanted Rock Exploring Inner Space Cavern Music Festival
Happy New Year! Welcome to the ninth issue of GeorgeTown & Country Magazine, a resource for residents and newcomers alike. The magazine’s primary focus is on Georgetown and secondarily, the beautiful Hill Country area. For those interested in history, the folks at The Williamson Museum have published a new book on Williamson County. For those interested in astronomy, we have information on stargazing at Southwestern University. A new exhibit at The Williamson Museum is featured, as well as one of our more unique businesses, The Collector. Tribal Impressions, another unique business featuring Native American goods, is promoting a new singer, Jana Mashonee. Our day trip goes to Enchanted Rock and a nearby getaway, Trois Estates. No spring issue would be complete without Georgetown’s Red Poppy Festival and we’ve got it covered, as well as an event in early June, the Festival of the Arts featuring the music of Aaron Copland. One of Georgetown’s favorite attractions is Inner Space Cavern, and we have an article on their Explorer Tours, which offer cave exploring for the more adventurous. I value your feedback, so let me know if there’s something that you think might make the magazine better! Also, if you would like to be an advertiser or would like to contribute an article for the magazine, please feel free to contact me at 512-863-3263. I hope you enjoy the magazine and find it useful! Lucas Adams, Publisher
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History Book from The Williamson Museum
New Exhibit at The Williamson Museum
Vineyard at Florence Competition
Documents early days of Williamson County Observatory at Southwestern University Dan Moody and the historic KKK trial
Georgetown offers several excellent options Stone carvers in action
10 Interesting Collections
Looking for a collectible?
11 Tribal Impressions Introduces Rising Star Singer Jana Mashonee to visit Georgetown
13 Enchanted Getaway
Day trip to the Hill Country
16 Red Poppy Festival
11th annual event on the Square
19 New Wine Trail Formed
Partnership of local wineries
21 Cavernâ€™s Explorer Tours
Going off the beaten path
25 Music Festival
Aaron Copeland in Georgetown
27 Senior University
Moves to Southwestern
Zoot Pet Hospital Wins Award For Innovative Design Zoot Pet Hospital received a 2010 Hospital Design Competition Merit Award
for excellence in veterinary hospital design in the 45th annual Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition. Dr. Wayne Zeh and Jim Root own the 11,655-square-foot animal hospital at 3981 West Highway 29. Georgetown architect Rick O’Donnell was the designer of the unique building.
Judges evaluate competition entries in the following categories: Site plan, mechanical features, outpatient areas, plumbing features, inpatient areas, electrical features, quality of finish materials and overall features.
Located on the west side of the Square at 708 S. Austin Ave., Three-Legged Willie’s Restaurant and Bar is scheduled to open sometime this spring. They will be serving food and drinks.
Scheduled to open in the spring next door to the Escape, Poppy Tots will focus on “A New Design in Children’s Clothing.” For information, visit www.poppytots.com.
Hardtails Bar and Grill
Open at 1515 N. IH 35 on the southbound access road, Hardtails is a new restaurant and bar that caters not only to motorcyclists but anyone wanting a good burger or steak. They also have a live music venue and have quickly become a Georgetown favorite. For more information, call 512-869-5454.
“The Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition recognizes exceptional veterinary facilities that enhance pet owners’ experiences at the hospital, support top-notch veterinary care, maximize practice efficiency, and foster comfortable working conditions for veterinarians and veterinary team members,” says Kristi Reimer, editor of Veterinary Economics. “These award-winning facilities set the standard for cutting-edge veterinary hospital design.” Each of the winning hospitals will be profiled in Veterinary Economics, which reaches 58,000 practicing veterinarians in the United States and Canada. Zoot Pet Hospital will be featured in the November 2010 issue. For more information, call Zoot Pet Hospital at 512-864-9668.
Photo by Tom McConnell
La Maison is now open at the corner of 8th Street and Church Street in the historic Anderson House, featuring authentic French cuisine. For more information, phone 512-868-8885 or visit online at www.lamaisontx.com.
Located upstairs over Amantes’s Restaurant in the historic Masonic Lodge building, Landmark Tavern is now open. They are an upscale jazz and blues bar with a view of the Square, a perfect place to relax. For more information, phone 512-819-0100.
Cutting-edge design and state-of-the-art technology won Zoot Pet Hospital a national award
New book documents early years of
If you would like to learn a little more about local history but don’t like thick books, a
new book compiled by two staff members from the Williamson Museum might be just the answer.
of downtown Taylor when it was a bustling commercial center, as opposed to its largely vacant downtown today. One fact the book really brought home for me was how difficult life was for the early settlers. They had to rely on whatever they could grow or hunt for food. One page in the book talked about how difficult it was just to grind enough corn for each day’s meals.
The new book is part of the Images of America series produced by Arcadia Publishing. It was written by Williamson Museum Director Chris Dyer and Curator Lisa Worley.
Images of America: Williamson County is available at the Williamson Museum for $21.99 or may be ordered online from Arcadia publishing at www. arcadiapublishing.com. Proceeds benefit the Williamson Museum.
Images of America: Williamson County tells the story of Williamson County mostly through pictures. The book divides the history of the county into seven areas: government, business, residences, agriculture, education, religion and people. Each chapter has a short introduction, followed by photos from the Williamson Museum’s extensive collection, many of which were previously unpublished.
Another book in the Images of America series that focuses just on Georgetown is expected to come out later this spring. ~ Ellen Davis
The book is a great way to learn more about what brought early settlers to Williamson County and historical figures such as “Three-legged Willie,” for whom Williamson County was named. It can easily be read in an afternoon or evening. The photos I found most interesting were those showing buildings that no longer exist. For example, the book has a photo of the old Georgetown Grammar School, which was located on the corner of University Avenue and Main Street where Dos Salsas Restaurant is today. Another photo shows the building that used to exist on the corner of Austin Avenue and 6th Street where Williamson Museum Curator Lisa Worley and Director Chris Dyer the Bank of America is now. The book also has photos
Observatory at Southwestern University gives local residents a chance to learn about astronomy
Upcoming public viewing nights at the Fountainwood Observatory Friday, March 5, from 8-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, from 8-10:30 p.m.
Tucked away on a corner of the Southwestern University campus is one of the foremost science education facilities in Williamson County − the Fountainwood Observatory.
Since it opened in 1997, the observatory has had regular public viewing nights for local residents. To date, nearly 9,000 people have taken advantage of this opportunity. Public viewing nights are held on the fourth Friday of each month during the academic year, which means August through May. Mark Bottorff, a physics professor at Southwestern, coordinates the public viewing program. Bottorff says he schedules the viewing nights when the moon is in its first quarter so that first-time viewers − especially children − will at least see one object that is familiar to them.
National Science Foundation and is connected to a thermoelectrically cooled CCD camera thousands of times more sensitive than the eye. The images are recorded by a computer and displayed on a monitor so observers can record and share what they see. Public viewing nights at the Fountainwood Observatory are always free, but donations are accepted to help maintain and upgrade the facilities. ~ Ellen Davis
The viewing nights begin at 8 p.m. and last for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Bottorff says that on clear nights, between 100 ‒ 150 people will stop by sometime during the evening. On busy evenings, Bottorff relies on members of the Williamson County Astronomy Club − many of whom are engineers who are also experts in amateur astronomy − to help to explain what they are seeing. They often bring their own telescopes for the public to view objects through. Or, viewers can use one of two telescopes at the observatory − the 16-inch MeadeTM Schmidt Cassegrain telescope or the 16-inch Ritchey Crétien telescope. “Both collect about 2,600 times as much light as the eye can,” Bottorff says. The MeadeTM Schmidt Cassegrain telescope was donated by Max Allen, a Georgetown engineer and builder who was also an amateur astronomer. The Ritchey Crétien telescope was purchased with a grant from the
Viewing the moon with the MeadeTM Schmidt Cassegrain telescope
The Palace Theatreâ€™s spring offerings are sure to please theatre fans!
Their plays and musicals are always popular and starting mid-February will begin with A Little Night Music, which runs from February 19 to March 14. The production is a musical about the romantic lives of several couples and features the familiar song, Send in the Clowns. Beginning on March 26 and running through April 18, the Palace is presenting Harvey. It is a comedic tale about a man and his imaginary friend, a six-foot tall rabbit named Harvey and his visit to a sanitarium. The musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run from May 7 to June 6. It is based on the book of Genesis story of Joseph, who had the coat of many colors. This light-hearted show is a pure musical, one of the most popular productions in recent theatre. The Palace productions are always highly entertaining and a fun outing for the family. For more information, phone 512-869-7469.
Dan Moody had been appointed District Attorney in 1922 by Governor Pat Neff, who urged Moody not to take a position unless he was prepared to act “courageously, fearlessly and impartially to enforce all the laws.” Moody was ready to prove himself and to uphold the law. It did not take long for the new District Attorney to By Chris Dyer have his shot against Hard times, racial unrest and the Klan. In 1923, nostalgia provided the 1920s members of the Ku Klux Klan a firm foothold in Georgetown Klavern Texas. What started as a social kidnapped a man, organization in Houston in 1920 beat and tarred him, quickly deteriorated into violence in and left him chained 1921-1922 as membership numbers to a tree in Taylor – rose and klaverns were established Moody’s hometown. across the state. Members came Moody, along with a from all levels of society and team of Williamson many civic leaders, politicians, and County prosecutors law enforcement officials either including Richard belonged to or deferred to the Klan. Critz, Harry Graves, Hooded men paraded through Texas E.H. Lawhon, D.W. Prosecutor Dan Moody cities and towns. Wilcox, W.H. Nunn and J.F. Taulbee, were successful in obtaining a guilty In 1921, there were 52 reported acts of Klan violence verdict that resulted in jail time for some of the KKK in Texas and this violence continued through 1923. By members involved – a first for the 1920s Klan. This trial the end of 1922, the KKK in Texas boasted as many as helped propel Moody to become the state’s youngest 200,000 members and they used their membership as governor and helped spur the downfall of the KKK. a united voting block to elect state legislators, sheriffs, judges and other local and state officials. The election The Williamson Museum’s newest exhibit, Fighting of Earle B. Mayfield to the United States Senate in Back, opened Feb. 5th and will be on display for a year. 1922 and its firm control of city governments in Dallas, Through artifacts and historic images from museums Fort Worth and Wichita Falls proved to be the Klan’s from across the state, the exhibit reveals the story of greatest political successes in Texas. Klaverns were the Klan and those involved in the famous Williamson established in Austin, Taylor and Georgetown and County KKK trials. For information, visit www. prominent citizens and regular men joined. williamsonmuseum.org or call 512-943-1670. The KKK stated its main goals as protecting God, country, home, womanhood, the South and white supremacy. They saw themselves as the defender of morality and society. Members of the super-secret society wore masks to hide their identity and committed acts of violence against others. The fact that men in high offices, as well as their own membership, supported them resolved any doubts of the righteousness of their cause or fear of retribution. However, as the violence of the KKK grew, Texans became alarmed. Their initial respect for the Klan and their professed morality turned to fear. As that fear turned to anger, serious opposition to the group grew and people started taking action.
Photos courtesy of The Williamson Museum
New Exhibit On the kkk at The Williamson Museum
Dan Moody and trial attorneys
Sunday Brunch Favorites
Sunday brunch is always a treat, and Georgetown has several restaurants that offer Sunday brunch. All are excellent, so it’s hard to pick a favorite.
Wildfire has been serving Sunday brunch since it opened nearly 14 years ago and their brunch – like the rest of their menu – is outstanding. Owner Bill Cox updates the menu regularly, so if you haven’t been in a while, it is worth going back. New selections added to the brunch menu in January include Kitsei Hominy and Grits covered with Sweet Pepper Sauteed Garlic Gulf Shrimp, Prickly Pear Carne Asada smothered with Spicy Migas, and Oak Grilled Maple Leaf Duck Quesadillas filled with Western Style Eggs. Some of my favorites are the Almond Crunch French Toast and the Shrimp Enchiladas. My husband always gets the Eggs Benedict, which he says are the best in town. Other egg dishes on the menu include Eggs Oscar (with salmon and crabmeat), Eggs Sardou (with spinach and artichokes), as well as more common dishes such as omlets, migas and frittatas. Cox enjoys the Texas Peach Pecan Gingerbread Pancakes. Whatever you order, brunch at Wildfire always starts with a seasonal fruit plate and a basket of delicious white chocolate raspberry scones. You can also get a mimosa to accompany your brunch or a Red River Bloody Mary. Silver and Stone began offering brunch last year after opening on the top floor of the Tamiro Plaza building in 2008. This restaurant is also a good choice if you want something a little different than traditional brunch fare. For example, the Sunday we went there, we started our brunch with cups of squash bisque and smoked tenderloin soup. I followed the soup with shrimp crepes that were prepared with bacon and sun-dried tomato. It was actually on the menu as an appetizer, but it was plenty for a meal, especially if you want to save room for dessert. Other items on the brunch menu include pecan smoked prime rib, crab cakes and grilled salmon
risotto. Traditional breakfast staples are available as well, such as pancakes, French toast and Eggs Benedict. You can also make your own omlet, or select one of theirs such as a Hill Country Omlet filled with venison sausage or an Omlet del Mar filled with crab, shrimp and salmon.
If you have room, you can finish your meal with a tasty desert such as crème brulee, carob cheesecake or homemade ice cream. Silver and Stone also offers mimosas and Bloody Marys during Sunday brunch. Starting in February, they will also be serving a buffet-style brunch in addition to their usual fare. The best kept secret in town when it comes to Sunday brunch is the cafeteria at Southwestern University. When classes are in session, the public is welcome to eat brunch in the campus dining room. At a flat rate of $9.50, it’s quite a bargain. There are breakfast dishes such as eggs and sausage and there are always one or two lunch entrees such as baked chicken. Drinks and a dessert buffet are included in the price. Many people head there after attending church on Sunday. ~ Ellen Davis Wildfire 812 S. Austin Ave. www.wildfiretexas.com 512-869-3473 Sunday Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Silver and Stone 4th Floor, Tamiro Plaza 501 S. Austin Ave. www.silverstonerestaurant.com 512-868-0565 Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southwestern University First Floor, McCombs Campus Center www.southwestern.edu/offices/dining/diningnews.html 512-863-1910 Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
March 27 & 28 The Vineyard at Florence is having its 3rd Old
World Stone Carving Competition, Demonstration and Fine Art Show on Saturday, March 27th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 28th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masters of the art of stone carving will be creating original works which will be auctioned off in a silent auction on Sunday at 4 p.m. There will also be a fine art show with works from other area artists, as well as food booths, music and face painting for the kids. Artist Bob Ragan at work
The Vineyard at Florence is located in the gently rolling Hill Country at 8711 W. FM 487, just outside of Florence. For information, call 254-793-3363.
Bacchus by Bob Ragan
Interesting Collections Collecting can include many different things – coins, Beanie Babies, Avon bottles, guns,
Collectible muskets from the late 1700s and early 1800s can also be found at The Collector. One firearm, a shotgun-rifle combination, was carried by a Texan in the Civil War.
Danny Hall has been in the business for more than 38 years and specializes in coins and historic documents. One of the documents that he has on display is a fairly rare copy of the Declaration of Independence from around 1820. There were three sources for these copies until the government deemed it necessary to create an official version due to the deterioration of the original. This particular one came from an estate in Italy.
There are also a variety of artifacts from other eras and civilizations, including some items from Spanish influence in this hemisphere, such as a partial silver ingot recovered by Mel Fisher from the famous 1644 shipwreck of the Atocha. There’s also a Spanish gold Eight Reales coin which is fairly rare, as well as an Eight Escudo Doubloon from the same time period.
arrowheads, historic documents, dolls and just about everything else one might imagine. Georgetown is fortunate to have a shop like The Collector, located at 109 East 8th St., for a source of knowledge and information about collectibles.
The Collector specializes in just about any type of quality collectible, as well as his major area of interest, coins of all types. Go by and check it out! For more information, call 512-864-7787.
Some of the other collectible documents include bonds and currency from the Confederacy, as well as English indentures on vellum from 1678 and 1723. If you’re interested in fossils, there are several beautiful specimens which look almost perfect. These include trilobites that have incredible detail that has been painstakingly brought out through proper cleaning.
Treasure from the 1644 shipwreck of the Atocha
Tribal Impressions Partners With Rising International Star Jana Mashonee There is a lot of buzz and excitement going
on at Tribal Impressions, the Native American store that opened on the east side of the Square last year. The store carries a variety of Native American products ranging from moccasins to leather apparel of all types, to fine turquoise jewelry and more. Owner Ralph Thomas has recently also begun carrying music CDs by singer Jana Mashonee, a Native American who is rapidly gaining a following. As he was placing her posters in the window, a customer watched and asked, “Who is Jana Mashonee?” Thomas pointed to a selection of music CDs titled American Singer and songwriter Indian Story, Flash Of A Jana Mashonee Firefly, American Indian Christmas and a new CD just released called New Moon Born. “Never heard of her,” the customer remarked. “You will really soon,” Thomas said and he put on her new CD New Moon Born for the customer to listen to. The customer ended up buying all four CDs and what Thomas now calls a Mashonee Carved Eagle Necklace for his wife for her birthday. Thomas got the idea of the necklace from many publicity photos of Mashonee wearing one and from a new hit video she did called A Change Is Gonna Come. “At first, we were not really sure her CDs would sell at Tribal Impressions because what most people want when they come into the store is Native American flute music,” Thomas said. But then a strange thing happened. Tribal Impressions started playing a CD called American Indian Christmas, and the CDs sold out. During the same time period, Mashonee went to the Native American Music Awards, and won a NAMMY Of The Year award for her new single A Change Is Gonna Come. During the same time period, a video she had done months earlier called The Enlightened Time won the best music video award at the Native American Indian Film & Video Awards event. Thomas took one look at the video of her performing the song A Change Is Gonna Come with Derek Miller and instantly knew that a new star was born that was going to rise to International fame. So he called Mashonee’s manager to buy more CDs and one of those instant bonds was formed with him. Her manager remarked that Mashonee would be down to Texas in the spring and would like to do a personal appearance at Tribal
Impressions. Thomas was flattered so he mentioned that Jana Jewelry could become a trend and the rest is history. Miss Molly Records, the record label Mashonee and Galfas started to market her CDs, is now using Tribal Impressions to develop a line of Native American jewelry that Mashonee wears. Jana is deeply involved in a non-profit foundation she started called Jana’s Kids in which native youth can apply for scholarships in academic, athletic and artistic categories. Thomas says, “The state of Native Americans living on reservations is not good. Most of them live just above or below the poverty line and they are sort of the forgotten Americans in many ways.” So Thomas told Mashonee and her people that a line of Native American jewelry could be developed and a percentage of the sales could be given to Jana’s Kids. That is exactly what they are starting to do. Mashonee will be coming to Tribal Impressions this spring so watch for the dates. She has both a new CD coming out and a book about her titled American Indian Story that will be out by the time she gets to Georgetown. You can see the Jana Mashonee page and watch her video performance “A Change Is Gonna Come” on the Tribal Impressions website: http://indianvillagemall.com/ janamashonee.html, or visit www.missmollyrecords.com for more information.
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An Enchanting Getaway
Enchanted Rock, a billion-year-old granite outcropping that can be seen for miles in the Texas Hill
Country, is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Texas. A geologic feature known as the Llano uplift, it is the last part of the Rocky Mountain chain. Until recently, the only option for those who wanted to spend a weekend at the park was to camp there. However, a new bed and breakfast has opened less than a mile down the road from the park and makes a tremendous weekend getaway. The Trois Estate was originally designed to be a family home for Charles and Rebecca Trois (their last name rhymes with Joyce), but they ended up expanding it to be a luxury bed and breakfast.
The estate has 10 guest rooms/villas, several of which surround a charming courtyard. Also located off the courtyard is a wonderful restaurant that is open to the public as well as guests. We found the prices at the restaurant very reasonable, and they had a nice selection of seafood, pasta and steak entrees for dinner. We met a couple from Sun City who were celebrating their anniversary that night. An open-air deck on top of the courtyard offers a great view of Enchanted Rock, a nice place to catch a sunset.
While you are waiting for your food to arrive, you can look at some of Charlesâ€™ collections that are encased in the tables. There are Bungalows with a flavor of Santa Fe collections of fossils, powder horns, flasks, ivory pipes, swords, knives, guns and Charles is an architect and Rebecca is an ordained minister, spurs, to name just a few. and both have put their talents to use on the 57-acre property. Architecturally, the compound is a little slice of The compound also includes a chapel, where Rebecca Santa Fe right in Central Texas, as all the buildings have presides over weddings. Next to the chapel is an stucco exteriors. underground grotto with a pool that is open to guests.
After spending a night at the Trois Estate, we got up early the next morning to hike to the top of Enchanted Rock before breakfast. At the ranger station, we met a man who was celebrating his 77th birthday by doing the hike to the top. He said he did this every year on his birthday. We joined him for part of the walk, and he regaled us with tales of the Comanche raids that used to be commonplace in the area.
After the hike, we returned to the Trois Estate restaurant for a large breakfast of fruit, eggs, ham and potatoes.
From Georgetown, the Trois Estate can be reached by taking Hwy. 29 west to Llano and then going south on Hwy. 16 to RM 965, or by going to Fredericksburg and heading 17 miles north on RM 965. ~ Ellen Davis For more information: The Trois Estate 300 Trois Lane Fredericksburg TX 78624 830-685-3090 www.troisestate.net Restaurant hours (by reservation only): Wednesday-Sunday starting at 6 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
In the future, the Trois Estate plans to open a 20-room lodge, an expanded day spa, a cafĂŠ, a dinner theater and a row of shops. Itâ€™s well worth a return visit.
Red Poppy Festival April 24th & 25th
Georgetown’s premier event of the year, the Red Poppy Festival, will be held on the historic downtown Square the third weekend of April. The two-day event features arts and crafts vendors, a car show, food court, hometown parade and a children’s area. There’s continuous entertainment on two stages with local schools, performing arts studios, as well as well-known musicians and bands. The Saturday evening concert will feature Two Tons of Steel and Little Texas. There is also a Red Poppy Bike Ride sponsored by Sertoma, with a number of different distances for you to choose from. Or, if you are a runner, there will be a 5K run sponsored by RunTex. For more information, visit www.redpoppyfestival.com.
Central Texas Powersports
Featured Ride Georgetownâ€™s newest bike shop is a welcome
addition to the recreation scene. Not only can you get bicycles and accessories, you can get the best bike tune-up available bar none. Another benefit that Central Texas Powersports offers is a regular group ride, which travels the back roads east of town. That part of the county is nice for rides because it has minimal traffic and wide open spaces. Owner Paul Littlefield has mapped out routes of 13, 30 and 50 miles, so there is something for everyone. The rides start at Central Texas Powersports, located at 2534 N. Austin Ave., on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Later in the spring the time will switch to an earlier start. For more information, phone 512-948-9922.
San Gabriel Wine Trail Williamson County could someday be as popular a destination for wine enthusiasts as
the Napa Valley if local wine-makers have their way. The area already has two wineries and local officials are working hard to lure additional ones. In the meantime, the two wineries in the county have joined together to form the new San Gabriel Wine Trail. The two wineries on the trail so far are the Georgetown Winery, which is located on the Georgetown Square, and the Inwood Estates Winery, which is located at The Vineyard at Florence. The Georgetown Winery opened in 2007 and the Inwood Estates Winery opened in 2009. The Inwood Estates Winery sells wine from the Inwood Estates Winery in Dallas, which is carried in some of the top restaurants across Texas. Inwood Estates was one of the first to grow grapes in Texas, and now gets its wine from five different vineyards. They are the only winery in the country that makes wine from palomino grapes, a white grape the Spanish use to make sherry. In addition, they are bottling a new wine that will be sold under the label of The Vineyard at Florence. This wine is made from grapes grown right on the premises. Proprietor Dan Gatlin hopes to eventually bottle four wines â€“ three reds and one white. The wineries on the San Gabriel Wine Trail are hosting regular wine trail events in partnership with local restaurants. For a list of upcoming events, visit www.SanGabrielWineTrail.com. ~Ellen Davis
Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole If you would like to make your own Sunday brunch, here is a delicious recipe from Treasures Too, the latest cookbook from Laurie’s Tea Room, 612 Main St. It is put together the night before and ready to bake the next morning. 1 large loaf cinnamon raisin bread 12 oz. cream cheese, softened 6 Tablespoons butter, softened ¾ cup maple syrup, divided 10 large eggs New Cookbook! 3 cups half and half Cinnamon sugar Cube cinnamon raisin bread and place in a well-buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Mix cream cheese, butter and ½ cup maple syrup until smooth. Spread on top of bread, leaving some openings to pour egg mixture. Beat eggs, half and half, and ¼ cup maple syrup. Pour over bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover and bake for 50-55 minutes. Cut into squares and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Recipe from Treasures Too, compliments of Laurie’s Tea Room. Correction: The previous recipe for pecan pie had shortening listed as an ingredient. This was incorrect, as there is no shortening in that recipe.
Inner Space Cavern's Explorer Tours An Opportunity To Go Where Few Have Ventured
Inner Space Cavern has conducted an Adventure Tour for groups since it first opened in 1964. The tour has lighted paths
that go into the larger chambers and takes about 1 hour. It is not too strenuous and the trails are fairly regular.
For those who really want to get off the beaten path, there is also the Wild Cavern Tour, taking 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Reservations are required and there is a group minimum of 4 people and maximum of 8. Since there are no lights in that part of the cavern, explorers carry their own lights which gives a true feeling of spelunking.
Tour guide and assistant manager Tony Bowerman leads groups of up to 15 people on the Explorer Tour. The tour usually takes 1 1/2 hours. The Explorer Tour is the same as the Adventure Tour with one more room where guests use flashlights.
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But, did you know Inner Space also offers an Explorer Tour and a Wild Cavern Tour for the more adventurous at heart? These tours go deeper into the recesses of the cavern for a look at a more natural side.
Adventure Tour admission is $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Explorer Tour is $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children and the Wild Cavern Tour is $100 per person. For more information, call 512-931-CAVE.
Photo by Richard Wi lls
Some of the most scenic parts of Inner Space Cavern are located in the areas least visited by sightseers, and to get to them one has to pass through small openings. It is best to wear old clothes for the exploration, as they do take a lot of wear and tear.
The Inaugural Gator Gala Presents
The Art of Caning Going into Georgetown Antique Mall on the Square is always interesting, like
stepping back in time.
On April 2 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a performance at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park of Latin Fever! The gala will be one of the most festive and exquisite engagements held in Williamson County. Tickets are $75, and there will be fine cuisine, a silent auction, a chance drawing and more. For ticket sales or corporate sponsorship opportunities or more information, visit www.gatewayhs.org or phone 512868-4947 or 512-869-3020. Proceeds will benefit the new Gateway College Preparatory School in Georgetown.
It’s neat to see all of the handmade furniture, ceramics, glassware and other collectibles from years gone by and to marvel at the craftsmanship that went into the objects that were close to people’s lives. In many cases, people made their own quality furnishings. Some of that quality is still retained and passed on in the handiwork of a few dedicated individuals, like Gene Martin. Carolyn and Gene Martin are the owners of the Georgetown Antique Mall. When I first met Gene several years ago, he had a workshop and restored furniture of all types. He has since semi-retired from the furniture restoration and focused on a single aspect of his trade, caning, which he does in the back room of the antique store. On any given day if you visit the store, you will find Gene in the back room caning away. If you are wondering what caning is, it is the weaving of material into chair seats or backs. It is an art form that few practice today, but one that Gene excels in. He should, because he has been doing it off and on for 14 years, and full time for the past 5 years. He has caned over 400 chairs in his career, so many in fact that he has lost count. He does caning of all types – rush, woven and French – and also patterns like herringbone, which looks incredibly complicated. When asked how long a chair takes, Gene said, “It takes 20-24 hours on an average chair, but it can take up to 35 hours.” He paused, and followed up with a laugh, “Too long!” At any time, Gene has a steady backlog of about 20 chairs to cane for clients. That means, of course, that you can’t be in a rush to get a chair caned by Gene. For more information call 512-869-2088.
Schedule of Events Thursday, June 3
2 p.m. Copland Symposium I Palace Theater Ellsworth Peterson, Introduction and Conversation with the Copland House Musicians Howard Pollack, Aaron Copland: An American Composer 8 p.m. Chamber Music from the Copland House Alma Thomas Theater, SU
Friday, June 4
9:30 a.m. Copland Symposium II Caldwell-Carvey Recital Hall, SU William Lawrence McGinney, Copland and the Movies Howard Pollack,â€œAppalachian Spring:â€? A Ballet in Time of War
Georgetown will host the sixth annual Festival of the Arts June 3-6 at venues around
the city. This year’s Festival celebrates the music of famed American composer and conductor Aaron Copland (1900-1990), who has influenced American music and entertained audiences through his concert and film scores, his teaching and writing, conducting and piano performances. His music explores the diversity of American life from jazz and ballads to folk songs. Festival 2010 is packed with performances of Copland’s music and with lectures to help audiences understand new dimensions of the composer’s life and works. Thursday evening, June 3, five young musicians from Copland House in New York will open the performance schedule with a recital of Copland’s chamber music. Friday evening Kenneth Shepherd will conduct a concert of Copland’s choral music. Saturday afternoon Virginia Dupuy sings Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson following readings of Dickinson poems by Kathleen Juhl. Kiyoshi Tamagawa will play a Copland piano sonata and join Hai Zheng in two of Copland’s compositions for cello.
2 p.m. Viewing of “Appalachian Spring” and “The City” City Lights Theater 8 p.m. Concert of Choral Music First United Methodist Church
Saturday, June 5
9:30 a.m. Copland Symposium III Georgetown Public Library Wendy Barker, Poems of Emily Dickinson William Jordan, Copland’s Dickinson Settings 3 p.m. A Copland Recital First United Methodist Church Performances by Hai Zheng, Kiyoshi Tamagawa, Kathleen Juhl, Virginia Dupuy, Dale Dietert 8 p.m. Concert and Fireworks in San Gabriel Park Temple Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, June 6
8:30 and 11 a.m. Service of Worship with Anthems by Aaron Copland First United Methodist Church 2 p.m. (pending) Copland Symposium IV Jones Theater, SU Hank Hammett, Thoughts on “The Tender Land” 4 p.m. (pending) Copland’s Opera,“The Tender Land” Alma Thomas Theater, SU Paul Gaffney, director Lois Ferrari, musical director
Saturday evening is the traditional free concert and fireworks in San Gabriel Park with the Temple Symphony Orchestra playing such favorites as Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, and Hoedown. An Outdoor Overture may be played by the Georgetown High School Band conducted by Charles Aguillon. Tentatively, on Sunday afternoon Copland’s opera The Tender Land will be performed at the Alma Thomas Theater on the campus of Southwestern University. In addition to the concerts and recitals, Howard Pollack and other noted Copland scholars will present lectures on the life and works of Aaron Copland and explore American themes in his music. City Lights Theater will screen two films with scores by Copland: a 1958 Martha Graham performance of Appalachian Spring and a 1939 documentary, The City. Numerous pre-Festival events have been planned, including a six-week course taught by Dr. Ellsworth Peterson for Georgetown’s Senior University and a showing of three DVDs at First United Methodist Church. Contributors who help support the Festival will be invited to special events throughout the spring. Tickets to concerts, recitals and symposia may be purchased at events or in advance. Discounts are available for ticket packages. The screenings at City Lights Theater and the concert and fireworks in San Gabriel Park are free. More information is available on the FOA website: www.gtownfestival.org
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY TO BECOME THE NEW HOME TO GEORGETOWN’S SENIOR UNIVERSITY Southwestern University will become the new home for Georgetown’s Senior University program following an agreement between the two institutions Feb. 10.
Senior University, which is currently headquartered in Sun City, will move its administrative offices to the first floor of Southwestern’s new Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning, which will be opening in March. The two organizations will remain independent, but will collaborate on programs of mutual interest. “It is an honor to be invited to the campus of Southwestern University which indicates their recognition of the quality of our lifelong-learning efforts,” said Senior University Board President Mary Kay Pierson. The Senior University program was started in 1997 to provide affordable lifelong learning experiences to people 50 and over in the greater Georgetown community and to bond the Sun City retirement community with the rest of Georgetown. Over the past 12 years, Senior University has become one of the most popular venues in the Georgetown area. Nearly
600 residents currently take advantage of program offerings, which include classes, trips, lectures and special events. Classes are offered during six-week sessions in the fall and spring, and a week-long summer session. Several Senior University classes are already offered at Southwestern, and some current and retired faculty members have taught in the program. Pierson said she hopes moving the program’s headquarters to Southwestern will encourage seniors from other areas of Georgetown to participate. Fostering better relations with residents of Georgetown, including those who live in Sun City, is among the goals included in Southwestern’s Strategic Plan for 2010. Promoting lifelong learning and a passion for intellectual and personal growth is also one of Southwestern’s five core values. “This partnership creates the opportunity for Southwestern to extend its commitment to lifelong learning to a special segment of the Georgetown community,” said President Jake B. Schrum. For more information on Senior University, visit www. senioruniversitygeorgetown.org.
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